Staying in a hotel offers a full range of comforts and ameneties and the myriad different options on offer these days means that a hotel rarely equates to a huge, identikit block, cramming the maximum guests in whilst offering nothing but a bed and the minimum of character and welcome. We feature a huge range of hotels of all shapes and sizes, from bustling urban boutique properties to charming, traditional hotels in stunning countryside locations (see below) - all of which do their part to minimise the environmental impact of tourism.
As a mainstay of tourist accommodation the world over, there has been much done in the hotel sector to go green: find out about pioneering urban eco-hotels in greentraveller founder Richard Hammond's blog post, and find out which properties made the Green Travel List, both environmentally friendly hotels in the UK and Ireland and green hotels across the rest of Europe and the world.
Find out how to get to hotels across Europe and beyond using our Journey Planner, and check out a great selection of eco-friendly hotels that you can reach by train and ferry below - from spa hotels in the Lake District and on the Cornish Coast to luxury hotels in the Irish countryside and seclusion in the mountains of Northern Spain.
Hotel £150 per night Superior Self Catering Lodge £250 per night Standard...
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€...
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225....
From €160 for a standard room to €440 for an apartment suite; Garden House...
Double / Twin rooms £95.00 per night, Family Room (2 adults & 2 Children) £120.00 per night
rooms £120 - £165. Suite £235
Prices start from from £335 (1st May-30th September 2013), from £285 (October 2013 & April 2014), from £235 (1st Nov 2013 - 31st March 2014), based on two people sharing a Classic room, other room rates are avaialable on request.
Prices from £69 to £119.
Per night for 2 adults sharing doubles £150 - £175, suites £200 - £225. lodges £250 - £275
Small double £80 per night. Double £100 per night. Large double £120 per night. Apartment (sleeps 6) £250 per night.
£ 92 - £ 175 per room per night, inclusive of full Welsh breakfast
Hotel Bedrooms from £99 - 2 Bedroom Lodges from £159 - 3 Bedroom Ldoges from £179 - All prices are per night
room overlooking the village €115
€175 Classic Double, €220 Deluxe, €270 Family room, €280 Garden Suite
£80.00 - £120.00 based on room type & facilities
From €160 for a standard room to €440 for an apartment suite; Garden House (3 rooms, sleeps 6) €790; Berber Salon for 3 €130; Berber Salon for 4 €160
The Doubles & Twins are... £215 - £285, and the Suites & Cottage are £375 - £450. B/B full breakfast & VAT per room per night.
Superior King is £130, King Room is £120, Double/Twin is £100, Single is £50. Longer stay deals available
Sea view Double £93, Double £80, Twin £80, 3 person Family £108, 4 person family £123, Single £55
Nightly Rate - Suite €250, based on 2 people sharing
Classic Room €218 Superior room €244 incl. breafast
B&B Standard £140, Superior £160, Junior Suite £180, Fairway Suite £200, Lynedoch Suite £220, Lodge House (sleeps 6) £250
Fri- Sat 1 night stay: B&B £55- £85 per person, B&B + Dinner £79-£110 per person. Any 3 Nights Sun-Fri: Dinner + B&B- from £64-£99 per person per night depending on room.
€149 for best room available to €300 for a 2 bedroom 1000sq ft Suite. Hostel rooms are €40 per night - including the best breakfast in Ireland. (Love and attention comes free)
Couble (apartment): 840€ - 1330€ per week, suite (cottage): 1260€ - 1960€ per week
Low Season from €140 per room per night. High Season from €190 per room per night. Both rates bed & breakfast.
£99 - £240
2 night break for 2 adults Room only from: comfort twin/ double £181, superior double £198, comfort sea view £234, superior sea view £251
Prices from £180 (just right room), £200 (generous room), £255 (unique room), £255 (Spacious) and £310 (indulgent room)
One bedroom from £83 and two bedroomed from £99
From £73 per night
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Singles/doubles from £65/£95 B&B
Prices from £79.00 - £200.00 per room per night including breakfast
Doubles from £85, family room from £105.
Doubles from €170
Hotel £150 per night Superior Self Catering Lodge £250 per night Standard Self Catering £199
Rooms £325 - £575. Suites £610 - £1580
From £86 for two, 1-4 nights. From £74 for two, 5+ nights.
Junior suite from £450 B&B
Castle View Lodge: doubles from £79.50 pp. Rooms inside castle: doubles from £122.50 pp.
Doubles from €96
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€50 breakfast included
Doubles from €80 B&B
Doubles from £60 pppn. Self-catering cottage suites £200-600 per week.
From 180.50 euros for a double room
Prices start at £62.50 per person
Latest reviewed accommodation
"This is a picture postcard-pretty, family friendly resort, more low-key than nearby Gleneagles. It’s a good choice for those who would like the freedom of self-catering with the advantages of an on-site leisure centre, activities and restaurant."
Reviewed by: Lucy Gillmore
"Passionate about getting it right, Nigel and Sharon are consummate hosts. Their food is top notch, their location superb. If North Cornwall's your thing but you'd like to get away from the crowds in Padstow, Rock and Newquay, Pendragon's a pretty good place to base yourself for a few days. And with food this good, you may never even get out the front door."
Reviewed by: Jeremy Smith
Stanwell House Hotel
A cosmopolitan and stylish boutique hotel situated in the heart of Lymington, ideally positioned minutes from the quay. The modern garden rooms look out over the lush terrace and, if you explore the oldest parts of the hotel, you’ll find the Georgian rooms, tastefully styled to complement the hotel's rich heritage. The rustic brick-walled Drydock bar acts as the perfect place to unwind with a cocktail or glass of champagne and the renowned seafood restaurant cooks up impressive dishes sourced almost solely from local fishermen.
Worsley Arms Hotel
You may have to nip across the road to get to breakfast, but this characterful Georgian hotel, with 11 bedrooms in its main building and nine more in a row of restored cottages across the village green, is one of the prettiest hotels near York. In the village of Hovingham, between Malton and Helmsley, the hotel makes a good base from which to explore the Howardian Hills. There are four-posters in the bedrooms and tranquil gardens with old wooden benches. Owner Tony Finn is a master sommelier so the wine list is a treat and there are occasional evening tastings. From £132 per night.
Exmoor House (Wheddon Cross)
Exmoor’s highest village, Wheddon Cross, is the venue for this exceptional guesthouse, built for an Edwardian tailor and now offering accommodation and food you could reasonably expect at more exalted prices. Five en-suite bedrooms are bright and fresh, with original wood panelling and comfy king-size or twin beds for recharging after a leg-stretch on the Coleridge Way. Home-cooked meals – featuring local cheeses and meats, herbs and salads from hostess Rosi’s garden and eggs from a neighbour’s free-range hens – are exemplary, complemented by local ales, ciders and even wines from Dunkery vineyard. House parties of up to 12 are hosted, and green credentials are exemplary.
Perched on the slopes of Hollerday Hill, Ingleside’s heritage as a Victorian ‘gentleman’s residence’ is proudly maintained by owners Keith and Diana, who have refurbished the seven en-suite bedrooms to a high standard. All enjoy wonderful vistas – the largest, Lynton View, boasts a balcony and panoramic views across Lynton to Countisbury Hill and Foreland Point – as well as flatscreen TVs and wifi. That local pride extends to the kitchen, where West Country breakfast ingredients are cooked on an Aga. Head out onto the moor or along the coast on foot, and relax in the guest lounge with a book or a board game. Doubles from £70 B&B (reductions for stays of more than one night).
Old Hall Hotel
The Old Hall Hotel is steeped in history and heritage. It is reputed to be the oldest hotel in England, dating back to 1573, Mary Queen of Scots being one of the hotel's most notable guests. Present day guests can enjoy local ales and English wines with quirky and delicious local food, from Peak buffalo burgers to handmade ice-cream from a nearby family-run dairy farm. Staff are friendly and helpful and also part of the local 'town-team', making sure the historic spa town of Buxton stays spick and span during the busy holiday season.
Best Western Ufford Park Hotel
This luxury hotel resort is set in 120 acres of tranquil parkland, near the charming market town of Woodbridge. For a little pampering you can head down the hotel’s spa where you’ll find a bubbling hydro pool and a wide range of treatments on offer. There’s also a well equipped health club and an 18 hole golf course for those with energy to burn. When you’re hungry, head for the Park Restaurant with its fantastic views over the golf course and Suffolk countryside, then retire to one of the many bars and lounges for a relaxed drink. Ufford Park is also a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and has received a silver award for its green efforts from recycling to supporting community projects.
Dunkery Beacon Country House
Walkers, cyclists and gourmets rejoice! This former Edwardian hunting lodge is the ideal base for active exploration, nestling beneath 518m Dunkery Beacon and offering a drying room for hikers and bikers. Revive yourself post-walk with a steaming drink and a slice of homemade cake on arrival, relaxing by the wood-burning stove in the lounge. The eight bedrooms, seven en-suite, vary between cosy, boutique and simply grand – the premier suite boasts a four-poster and panoramic moorland views – and the predominantly locally sourced fare is decidedly gourmet, thanks to host John’s fine-dining training and Jane’s wine-trade experience. From £80 for two.
From its lofty perch on Exmoor – it’s the National Park’s highest restaurant – The Culbone lures locals and farther-flung food-lovers alike with award-winning fare based determinedly on locally sourced ingredients, notably beef from Devon Red cattle and fresh Brixham fish. Each of the five spacious, en-suite rooms has its own character, contemporary and chic but understated – flamboyance is superfluous when eyes are magnetically drawn to the windows and dramatic moor views. Still, facilities are exemplary – upmarket hospitality trays, free wifi in the bar, flat-screen TVs, should you feel the need to stay indoors – with comfy beds for post-walk relaxation. From £75 for two.
A country house hotel surrounded by the breathtaking scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Offering warm welcoming hospitality in a relaxed, homely country house with superb facilites and luxury double rooms. 10 Doubles (2 can be twins) 1 Single and 1 Family Room. Doubles with Showers £110 B&B, Doubles with Bath £120 B&B, Luxury doubles £145 B&B and our Single £95 B&B
The Montagu Arms
The Montagu Arms is a 17th century country house buried deep in the heart of the New Forest, overlooking the wonderful Beaulieu Palace. Each of the 22 bedrooms and suites is rich with traditional English character and by exploring a little you'll soon discover roaring log fires, ornate oak paneling and picturesque gardens. All three restaurants (including one with a Michelin star) do wonders with local produce and the New Forest breakfast is a real treat. Montagu is an effortlessly luxurious base from which to explore walking trails through ancient woodland, one hundred miles of cycle routes or to trek the open heathland on horseback.
The Rest and Be Thankful Inn
If the name isn’t enough to entice you to Wheddon Cross, the jovial, country-pub ambience should be: honest, home-cooked fare and well-kept ales are popular with locals and ramblers alike. Bedrooms in the 200-year-old inn are furnished with crisp cotton sheets, soft white bathrobes and a whiff of hotel-standard luxury – mini bar, safe, high-quality toiletries; all five are en-suite, three with dramatic views of the moor and Dunkery Beacon. When the day’s hiking or cycling is done, pop your boots in the drying room or your bike in the secure store, and settle in by the crackling fire for a pint and perhaps a game of skittles in the bar’s alley. Doubles £85 B&B.
The Old Post House Hotel
Conveniently located in the centre of the historic market town of Clitheroe, right in the heart of the Ribble Valley, this hotel was in fact a working Post Office until 1928. It has 11 modern rooms with en-suite facilities, and their Penny Black restaurant serves up a traditional Lancashire breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner on request. It makes a great base for exploring the miles of cycle routes with on-site cycle hire and secure storage, and they’ll even send you on your way with maps and a packed lunch with delicious local goodies.
A family-run, frills-free hotel in the pretty coastal town of Crantock, just a couple of miles from the hustle and bustle of Newquay. Choose from standard, large doubles or four-poster rooms. The restaurant serves a selection on Cornish treats – try the Fairbank beef, the Newlyn hake or the Cornish cheese platter. Plenty to keep you entertained – Crantock has a lovely beach, or you can follow the South West Coast Path in either direction for unspoilt beaches and hidden coves. From £102 for two.
The nearest railway station is Newquay. From there, take the 587 bus to Crantock, opposite WinstoweTerrace. A short walk up Halwyn Hill will bring you to the hotel. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also pass through Newquay.
Technically more of a high-end restaurant with rooms than a hotel, all but one of the bedrooms at this chic hideaway overlooks the sea. Book in for a decadent dinner at the restaurant and then stumble upstairs to bed to afterwards. Choose from Room 1 with its green and gold furnishings and 180-degree coastal panorama to Room 5, flecked with violet and featuring a double sofa bed that can be used to turn the space into a family suite. Doubles from £150, B&B.
Gisborough Hall Hotel
There’s more than a whiff of Downton Abbey at this Grade-II-listed country house. Though it’s a ‘mere’ century and a half old, its Jacobean style, mullioned windows, stone gables and views across sweeping lawns to wooded grounds speak of grander times. Rooms range from classic rooms with fresh, contemporary styling to feature doubles – fancy a free-standing roll-top bath in your bedroom? – and four posters. Food is a highlight, the well-regarded Chaloner’s restaurant (named after Sir Thomas Chaloner, who acquired the estate and remains of the eponymous priory after the dissolution) serving seasonal specialities to fuel your explorations of the northern part of the moor. Doubles from £113 B&B
Kingswood & Devoran Hotel
Just a stone’s throw from the beach, this 49-room hotel is an old favourite that has had a clean, modern makeover but retains some of its Victorian charm. Rooms are simple but comfortable and, when you’re sitting on your south-facing balcony with the sound of the sea on pebbles, who needs all the frills? This is a good-value, no-nonsense hotel for those who like to be near the beach and the town. From £70 per night.
St Michael's Hotel
Surrounded by south facing, sub-tropical gardens, St Michael’s Hotel and Spa is a swanky retreat with views over Falmouth Bay. Newly refurbished rooms are decorated in calm, coastal colours – supremely comfortable pocket-sprung beds are topped with sand and sea-coloured stripes. Desks and dressing tables are made form sustainable ash forests. If Fido won’t be left behind, bring him along; dogs are as welcome as their owners – they even get their very own welcome letter and special doggie treats. The hotel’s Flying Fish restaurant works with local producers, farmers and fishermen to produce delicious food – try the Cornish crab linguine or the monkfish kebab. From £52 for two.
The nearest railway station is Falmouth Town, which is short walk to the hotel towards the coast. Cyclists can use the Falmouth Cycle Network.
The White Lion Hotel
Right on the beachfront, The White Lion Hotel not only offers a relaxed setting for anyone wanting to explore the art, culture and festivals of Aldeburgh, but also a beautiful space for weddings, meetings and events. Newly-refurbished in April 2011, the bedrooms are cosy and comfortable whilst the vibrant Bar & Brasserie is the perfect spot for a breakfast of smoked kippers from Pinney’s of Orford or a slap up Sunday lunch of roast Suffolk Pork. Locally there’s plenty on offer, from walking and cycling to horse riding or even llama trekking. Learn how to perfect your tennis swing under the watchful eye of tennis pro Amanda Keen at the Thorpeness Country Club, or take advantage of your guest discount on green fees at the Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club.
Ever fancied gazing across the sun-speckled sea from the comfort of your…bath? Well you can do that here, at Greenbank Hotel, where bedrooms look out to the bobbing boats in the Falmouth estuary; some have freestanding baths in big bay windows. All make the most of the fabulous location, with huge picture windows and balconies. There’s a big emphasis on fine-dining here, with 80% of produce being sourced within 30 miles, from the oysters to sausages and salad leaves. Try the wild line caught bass, the hand-dived mussels or the potted Primrose Herd ham hock. From £145 for two.
The closest railway station is Falmouth Town, from where it is a short taxi ride, or half an hour walk. See TrainTaxi for details on booking a cab.
This four star hotel at the heart of Southwold has been welcoming guests for over 350 years. Choose to stay in the classically furnished rooms in the main hotel, or the Lighthouse rooms in the garden with their contemporary, coastal style. The Swan is just yards from the Adnams Brewery where you can book tours, and there are no less than five Adnams pubs within walking distance if you want to sample the best of their local brews. The kitchen team is headed up by Rory Whelan, formerly Head Chef at the Hoste Arms in Burnham Market, and he has developed great relationships with local farmers and fishermen to ensure the menus are always fresh, seasonal and locally sourced. As part of the Adnams group, the hotel adheres to the same business values of sustainability and integrity, whether that means creating jobs for local people or turning food and brewery waste into biogas.
The Webbington Hotel & Country Club
This half-timbered Edwardian manor, on the southern slopes of the Mendips, has been developed into a leisure club, with 54 individually-designed bedrooms, glorious views from the roof terrace, and spa. Part of the Best Western group, the hotel is committed to promoting good environmental practice by managing waste, energy and electricity consumption, and by using local services as far as possible.
The nearest railway station is Weston Milton, which is 4 miles away. From there, it is best to arrange a taxi to take you to the hotel; a list of local firms is available at TrainTaxi. Nearby cycle routes include Routes 26 and 33 on the National Cycle Network.
Viewed from afar, Pedn Olva appears to be a fairly unremarkable place, a large white building clinging on to the promontory sticking out on Portminster Beach. Inside, however, it is quite a different story. Huge windows throughout the hotel provide different views of the seascape – you can almost hear the waves crashing against the rocks thirty metres below. The cabin rooms are fresh and white; all face seaward. Some have a private balcony for sun-worshipping and sundowners. The restaurant serves up a seasonal menu, complemented by Cornish wines. As close as you’ll get to being at sea without setting sail.
The hotel is located just a few minutes' walk from St Ives Railway station, which has regular services from all over the country, including London Paddington, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent.
With 28 rooms, mostly with sea views, this hotel on Sidmouth’s Regency esplanade is perfect for gazing out at sea views and watching passers by, some rooms even have small balconies. On a clear day you can see the length of the bay from Start Point to Portland Bill. All rooms are en-suite and neatly decorated in neutral colours with free wi-fi. From £80 per night.
Mercure Brighton Seafront
This four-starred, 117-room grand Victorian landmark is right on the seafront, close to The Lanes with all its shops, cinemas and theatres. Smart, comfortable rooms have internet access and satellite TV, and you can try international dishes in the Arts Brasserie, or enjoy the sea views with a drink in the Arts Bar. They won the Green Tourism Business Scheme bronze award in 2010 for their commitment towards the environment.
Yet another impressive 'English Lakes' hotel with a prime Lake District setting is the Waterhead, a lovingly-renovated 4* Townhouse. Just a stone's throw from the historic town of Ambleside, this is also a fantastic base for everything from sailing along lake Windermere to exploring the Fells by foot. All guests also get complimentary use of the Low Wood Hotel's Leisure Club, whose facilities include pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and solarium. Combining 'traditional Lakeland elegance' with a wonderful natural setting, this is equally well suited to romantic weekends and fun-filled activity weeks.
Set in the pretty village of Scorton, this boutique hotel offers stylish accommodation alongside traditional hospitality. The eight en-suite bedrooms have a clean and crisp design but still retain a traditional country feel, and their popular restaurant serves hearty British cuisine using only fresh, locally sourced ingredients. If you explore the oldest parts of the building, you’ll find rooms which date back as far as 1650 when it was a Catholic Chapel and legend has it that Cromwell’s soldiers once stayed here. The village is the gateway to the Forest of Bowland and you’ll find plenty of walking paths right on the doorstep, or if you feel like taking it easy then just relax on the outdoor terrace with a pint of local ale and soak up atmosphere of local village life.
This grand old 15th-century house has had its fair share of noble owners, but none as illustrious as Queen Victoria, who refurbished the hall and planted many of the trees in the gardens that encircle the house today. The hotel’s nine bedrooms – named after artists – are adorned in a sumptuous palate of dramatic reds, deep purples and shocking pinks – Matisse has candyfloss striped wallpaper; Renoir has a Louis VIII style bed and mountain views. Head chef Paul Croasdale uses local ingredients – seafood from Cardigan Bay, Welsh Black beef, herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden, and wild garlic and mushrooms from the surrounding woodland – to create inventive fare in the elegant restaurant. £205-£550 per night for B&B.
Wallett’s Court Hotel and Spa
Charming and fabulously atmospheric, this 17th-century manor house in White Cliffs country offers such quintessentially English flourishes as afternoon tea on the lawn and drinks by the roaring fire in the sitting room. Bedrooms in the main house creak under ancient beams and are furnished with four-posters; suites in the outlying barn offer sweeping views; tipis are available for summer camping. Facilities include a spa with swimming pool – and quite beside such luxury there are free-range chickens and an abundant kitchen garden. Chef Chris Oakley emphasises native Kentish produce in his much applauded cuisine, from just-caught wild sea bass to beef from local farms. For a complete treat try the six-course tasting menu. Rooms: 17 Prices: doubles from £135 including breakfast
Penventon Park is a large family-run hotel with friendly staff and a good restaurant. The Georgian mansion, on the edge of Redruth, caters for weddings, corporate events and conferences. Tuck into homemade dishes to the accompaniment of the piano player. There’s a spa, too.
Redruth Railway station is a three minute walk from the hotel. The station has regular services from London Paddington, Penzance, Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and Glasgow. Redruth also lies on Route 3 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network.
Sat right on Aldeburgh’s shingle beachfront, the four star Brudenell Hotel offers 44 stylish bedrooms with panoramic views of the sea, or the tranquil River Ade and surrounding countryside. They have a variety of accommodation to suit varying guests’ needs, from romantic deluxe suites to spacious family rooms and also specifically adapted accommodation for guests with disabilities. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee on the fabulous hotel terrace overlooking the sea, or linger over the lunch menu which features delicious local fish and seafood dishes delivered fresh each morning. Then head off to explore the art galleries and shops of Aldeburgh, or try the pretty golf course at Thorpeness, just a five minute drive down the road.
Priory Bay Hotel
For country house glamour, this creeper-clad stalwart near Osborne House is hard to beat. Set on a 70-acre estate, complete with outdoor swimming pool and private beach, the eclectic range of rooms varies from an oak-beamed attic suite to modern seaside-style apartments to an opulent boudoir lined with 14th-century panelling. For the adventurous, there are also three yurts within the hotel’s woodland; each come with en-suite bathrooms, king-sized beds and decked terraces. Yurts from £200, B&B (April to October only), doubles from £160, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 8. Nearest stop: Seaview The Bench.
On Newquay’s iconic Fistral Beach, here’s a hotel that really does take the stress out of family holidays, a place where kids are catered for and parents are pampered. It’s completely set up for little ones: family rooms have balconies overlooking the children’s play area (which includes a huge wooden pirate ship), there’s a family swimming pool, picnic hampers available – head to the beach without the hassle of finding somewhere for lunch – and plenty of ideas for things to see and do in the area. Of course, it’s just as good if you’re holiday without the kids: spacious rooms are clean and contemporary, the restaurant serves good food and the Pebbles Bar sells Cornish ales to enjoy on the sun terrace. There’s bike hire, too. From £43 for two.
The nearest railway station is Newquay, which is just a five minute cab journey from the hotel. The hotel is happy to arrange a taxi in advance. Route 32 and the Cornish Way on the National Cycle Network also pass by Newquay.
B&B at the Farncombe Centre
Farncombe Estate is perfectly placed for a short stay or holiday in the north Cotswolds. The 400-acre private country estate is surrounded by pretty market towns, great pubs and gorgeous gardens to visit. Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham and Oxford are all a short drive away, while Broadway, Chipping Campden and Stow-on-the-Wold are on the doorstep. Prices from £90
Holiday Inn Brighton-Seafront
Conveniently located on the beach road, Brighton's 131-room Holiday Inn has spacious sea-facing bedrooms and sparkling bathrooms with lovely smellies. Unwind in the lounge bar and restaurant, and there's a terrace for dining al fresco when the weather's fine. It's just a short walk to the town centre, too, and the beach is right opposite - great for families. They are also members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Built in the mid-17th century by James Boevey, first warden of Exmoor forest, the fortunes of stately Simonsbath House have waxed and waned over the years – though the views along the Barle Valley haven’t suffered. Today, ten spacious en-suite bedrooms, some with four-posters and each with its own character (plus TV and tea and coffee facilities), offer a little more comfort than in the early 1700s when tenant John Dennicombe burned the doors and floors. Oak-wood panelling and fireplaces lend manor-house gravitas to the bar, while the elegant restaurant dishes up locally sourced dishes – salmon in tempura butter, Exmoor fillet Rossini, West Country cheeses and homemade Simonsbath House ice cream. Doubles from £110 B&B.
The nearest railway station is Umberleigh. A list of local taxi firms is available at TrainTaxi.
The beautiful Grade II-listed hotel has had a colourful 200-year history – at one point it was converted into a convent. Perched on the outskirts of Truro, it has everything you’d hope for from a country house hotel: mullioned windows, ivy-clad walls, hidden nooks and crannies, stone archways. Individually-styled rooms incorporate modern flourishes into traditional settings, and it works – beautifully. The restaurant serves up award-winning breakfasts, and delicious lunches and evening meals. From £119 for two.
The hotel is just a fifteen minute walk from Truro Railway station, or a five minute bus journey. Take the 90 bus and get off at Tregolls Road dual carriageway. The hotel will arrange a taxi if neccessary. Truro is also accessible by several routes on the National Cycle Network, including Route 4, Route 32 and the Cornish Way
Escape Brighton’s city scene at one of East Sussex’s most salubrious addresses.. Pelham House is a beautiful 16th century townhouse hotel with original interiors, boutique bedrooms, magnificent gardens, a superb restaurant offering top class dining, and a strong environmental ethos. The hotel aims to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible, they support local producers and charities, and encourage guests to think about the environment during their stay by conserving water and electricity. Utter peace and quiet just ten minutes from Brighton centre.
Three Ways House Hotel
Here’s a conservation concept with a difference. The Pudding Club was established at Three Ways House Hotel in 1985 with the aim of preserving the great British steamed pudding, then very much off most menus. And it’s been hugely successful. Make a dinner reservation here for a Friday night (and some Saturdays) and you’ll find yourself in a wonderfully wacky Pudding Club meeting. After a light main course the real session begins as seven puddings are paraded in with much noise and ceremony. Guests then vie to eat as many of them as they can – and depart having been awarded a pudding eating certificate. There’s a serious side to the Three Ways House operation, too. The hotel has a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and among many other measures recycles avidly, promotes local suppliers and encourages wildlife in the grounds. Prices from £88 per night for the 48 bedrooms
The Old Rectory
With records going back to the 17th century, the beautiful Old Rectory in Lanreath has had a colourful history. Built with self-sufficiency in mind, at one point it had a bread house, a brewery, a buttery and a dairy! These days it houses eight apartments – a mixture of one, two and three-beds – each individually furnished with a home-from-home feel. Some have pretty garden views and there are freshly baked goodies on arrival. Dogs are welcome and there’s lots of great walking from the door. There’s a games room for wet days and a local shop for supplies. Little to disturb the peace except birdsong by day and hooting of owls by night. From £230 per week.
New Steine Hotel
Georgian splendour at budget prices, this hotel has recently been refurbished and reopened. The owners pride themselves on the level of service and care that they offer to their guests – you are sure to be well looked after. Centrally located down a quiet street, it’s a great choice for those who are after a peaceful place to stay which is also close to the action. Vegan and vegetarian fare with a French twist is served up in the hotel’s restaurant – all is homemade and locally-sourced from Sussex farmers. Expect delicious freshly-baked pastries at breakfast, too. Great value for money.
As romantic boltholes go, Spears Cross takes some beating: a 15th-century cottage in the medieval village of Dunster, nestled below its imperious castle – an arrival on the steam-powered West Somerset Railway is the icing on the cake. This is luxurious history, though: each of the four en-suite rooms (one suite) is furnished with a deluxe king-size bed, flatscreen TV, Bose music system, goose-down duvets and feather pillows, fluffy bathrobes, Penhaligon’s toiletries, wine decanter (full!) and old-world charm to delight the most demanding guest. For true local flavour, try the ‘Dunster Toast’ baked with organic flour from the village’s 17th-century watermill. Guests arriving by public transport enjoy a 10% discount. Doubles from £93 B&B (minimum two-night stay).
The nearest railway station is Bishop's Lydeard. From the station, take the 28 bus to Marsh Street. It is then a short walk along the High Street to Spears Cross. It is worthwhile using public transport to arrive in order to take advantage of the 10% discount. If you wish to cycle, follow the Regional Route 51 on the National Cycle Network, and then follow the local routes to Dunster.
BW Mayfield House Hotel
Just minutes off the M4 in the beautiful South Cotswold's - family owned BW Mayfield House Hotel is the perfect spot to relax, unwind and explore... Highgrove, Westonbirt Arboretum, Royal Tetbury & Ancient Malmesbury are all on your doorstep - it's a classic location, with White Horses to our south, Cotswold Water park to the east, west to the Escarpments and North Cotswold villages a plenty. We offer 28 en suite rooms including Standard, Courtyard & Greenside view (overlooking our cream tea gardens. Yum!) Ground floor, Family, Disabled & really Dog Friendly accommodation abounds with awards for Cyclists, Walkers and Families, we have many many returning regulars every year! Our award winning restaurant serves beautifully cooked, locally sourced fare, served with a smile by local folk - with fine wines from our cellar and a comfortable lounge & bar. On the local bus route or cycles available for hire if leaving the car and exploring the "Quiet lanes" is more your style - there's so much to enjoy in England's oldest back-garden, Rooms from £79 B&B
The Queens Arms
A much-loved local pub whose new owners have breathed life back into it. Staff and produce are all ‘locally sourced’ and the four rooms have a charming rustic quality – think pine furniture, wood beams and low windows. The daily changing menu makes the most of what’s on the doorstep and local beers feature heavily in the bar.
Located right on the seafront, The Granville is Brighton’s original boutique hotel. Each of the 25 rooms has an individual theme, from the English countryside to art deco to Japanese or Gothic; there’s a theme for you, whatever the occasion. Great breakfasts (which can be taken out on the terrace when the sun’s out), fabulous sea views, and walkers and cyclists are made very welcome.
The fact that this pretty, thatch-roofed hotel is Danish-owned shines through. Hillside prides itself on its painstakingly crisp service and, with its light, neutral décor, bleached wood garden furniture and individual goose down duvets on double beds, this 12-bedroom bolthole wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Borgen. The only thing that doesn’t whisper Nordic, in fact, is the food. The hotel’s chef is French and his Gallic-inspired dinners are well worth booking ahead for, though late diners beware; seatings are available between 7pm and 8pm only. Single rooms from £65, doubles from £140, B&B.
Get there by bus: Bus route 3. Nearest stop: Mitchell Avenue.
The George Hotel
Eating at this Yarmouth stalwart is as much about the setting as the food. Whether soaking them up from behind the brasserie’s huge glass windows or from a table out on the terrace, you’ll find it hard not to be distracted from your supper by the fabulous views of the Solent – and Hampshire beyond it. Now featuring Michelin star Chef Robert Thompson, the local fish pie, slow-cooked local pork belly and confit of Brownrigg duck are classic dishes here, as is the Sunday lunch, but keep an eye out for one-off shellfish suppers and short cooking courses too.
Get there by bus: Bus routes 7. Nearest stop: Yarmouth Bus Station.
Jurys Inn Brighton
A national hotel chain with an environmental conscience. Centrally-located in the New England quarter of the city and just ten minutes' walk from the train station (great for those without a car), the 234-bedroomed hotel has comfortable, spacious rooms with all the mod cons, a restaurant, bar and coffee shop, and several function rooms. The hotel group is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme for its commitment to reducing the impact on the environment.
Low Wood Bay Hotel
Settings don't come much more picturesque than at this family-friendly hotel on the shores of lake Windermere. With lawns running right down to the water's edge, Low Wood even has its own leisure club, which boasts a pool, spa sauna, solarium, gym and beauty salon. The hotel also caters particularly well for children - not only is there plenty of opportunity for canoeing, kayaking and the like at the Watersports Centre, kids can also take part in regular 'Splash Time' activities. As part of the 'English Lakes' group, Low Wood adheres to a comprehensive sustainability statement and has been awarded Gold by the GTBS.